Looks like spring around the farm this morning! The snow is melting, the ice pond still has a thin layer but is probably done for the season, the trees are tapped and the sap is starting to flow….
The view of our ice pond
New York in the fall should be considered one of the “wonders of the world”. It is spectacular. The air is crisp and smells of leaves and frosty air, the streams, rivers and lakes are filling up offering clear and cold water, the wildlife is roaming around more freely in search of tasty treats under the fallen leaves, and the skies overhead are more blue and full of white puffy clouds than ever.
We enjoy this time of year for trail riding, hiking, 4 wheeling, and relaxing. Here are some wonderful pictures from just one weekend on our property. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did living them!
Our ice pond is stunning. It’s called the “ice pond” as it is a pond we built shallow enough so it will freeze quickly and be used for ice skating all winter long.
The leaves are such a beautiful backdrop. I can’t get enough of their colors!
Riding the horses with the sounds of the leaves under their feet and a happy dog chasing blowing leaves.
Pumpkin sales, carving and trick or treating (Bruizer and Two Bit of the book the Outsiders) end one of the most beautiful months.
And a sneak peek at the beautiful cabin we finally have for our campground by the ice pond. More on that in my next post……..
It’s cherry season here. It’s a little early and unfortunately the cherries are splitting because of all the rain we have had. But we were able to take the kids and get a good few bucket fulls of sweet beautiful cherries.
I process our cherries 3 ways to have throughout the year:
1) Canning them
2) Flash freezing
3) Cherry Pies stored in the freezer (these are just like store bought, you pull them out and bake them when ready)
You can see our recipes (and the awesome technique for pitting) on our Facebook page here: Cherry Season
Groundhog day means nothing to me. My horses let me know when it’s spring and are ALWAYS accurate. This is a sure sign spring is here and the weather will warm up in the next 3 weeks.
Thank you Oh Great Mysty my mare for your forecast!!
Ice Fog is minute ice crystals that form in the air in extremely cold temperatures. This morning it was -9 F while driving to work and the beautiful ice fog was drifting down the river with the ice, moving along with the current. This eventually will end up at Niagara Falls and tumble over the falls.
This is very early in our area to see this as it’s usually around the first week of February this rolls in. Regardless it is still such a beautiful sight to behold.
A fellow blogger, who has a wonderful blog hopping from Maine to Texas, recently posted pictures of the Sea Smoke in Maine. Take the time to visit her page here: Lulu’s Musings Sea Smoke. Her pictures are stunning (and her blog is fun and full of beautiful pictures and ideas). Sea smoke is a fog that is formed when very cold air moves over warmer water.
As the ice was moving this morning the ice fog was getting thicker and was so cool to watch drifting down current as it went.
Mother Nature’s beauty at her best on a very cold morning with the beautiful sun highlighting every detail.
This was the sky this morning reflecting on the ice pond on a day that many use to reflect. We have had a pretty great year in our home with many many things to reflect upon and be thankful for.
I don’t make resolutions on this night. There are basically two things I try to remember and work towards with the beginning of a fresh new year. The first is to keep negativity out of my life be it with people, situations, and mindsets. I don’t like to let negativity in. The second is to be content. Being content with what you have, who you are, who your children are and where you are going in life leads to a certain calmness and peacefulness in your days.
So with the beginning of this New Year, I would like to say thank you to all my followers for being a part of our journey in life and wish you all much happiness, peace, and a content mind in 2015!!!!!
Happy New Year